WALTERS ANCIENT EGYPT GALLERY
The prize is a one-year membership in THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM, with all the substantial rights and benefits that accrue thereto. Like free entry to museums all over the country, and discounts at local restaurants. Plus, best of all, free admission to ticketed shows at the WAM, and to all its great programs. And, of course, our members help keep the Walters’ permanent collections free for the public!
Anyhow, Henry Walters bought six Sekhmets in his lifetime. These are 3000-lb, lion-headed godesses, 14th century BC, from Thebes. Like the two in the picture.
But he gave them all to the MET in New York! Well, he lived there (in NYC), was VP of the MET at the time, and they’re pretty heavy and hard to move.
The British Museum has something like 33 Sekhmets, but shows only a few. So we asked the BM: can we borrow two of yours for 10 years? Yes, they said, but you have to pay to get them from our store room in London to your gallery in Baltimore.
So, the contest is easy: how much did that cost? All inclusive.
And like “The Price is Right,” the winning guess will be that one closest to the actual cost, without going over.
PS: If I’ve told you the answer over the years, please sit on your hands.